PFAFFTOWN — The same old problem helped eliminate the Richmond Senior boys soccer team from the state 4A playoffs — mistakes.
Ronald Reagan capitalized on a handful of Richmond miscues to claim a 4-0 victory Richmond Wednesday night in a first-round matchup.
“It’s the same thing that has plagued us all year,” Richmond coach Bennie Howard said. “You can’t have mistakes like that against a good team.”
Howard added Reagan’s first goal resulted from poor defense as the Raiders “failed to step up to the shooter and he put in upper right ‘V.’”
Reagan (11-7-4) scored two more times before halftime, including one on a penalty kick.
In the final 40 minutes, Howard said the Raiders had three quality scoring opportunities by Jalon Almond, Brandon Greene and Juan Onesto but was unable to find the net.
“We played much better in the second half,” he said. “It was like we were a different team out there. I’m proud of the team and the seniors. It was a roughly played game and I’m glad they were able to keep their composure.”
Reagan will advance to play Hough, which blanked Glenn 3-0, in the second round.
In other playoff games involving Southeastern Conference teams: Pinecrest stopped Harnett Central 2-0, Lumberton edged Southern Alamance 3-2 and New Hanover shut out Hoke County 2-0. The Pirates and the Wildcats will square off in the next round, while the Patriots will face Broughton, which upended Rose 3-1.
— Sports editor Shawn Stinson can be reached at 910-997-3111, ext. 14, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @scgolfer.